What am I afraid of? What are you afraid of? There was an in-service held for staff at LLUBMC that I briefly attended it. It's interesting to learn about common and obscure fears held by patients and ourselves, their etiology, and their treatment. A long list of different Phobos were listed...some interesting ones-
MAGEIROCOPHOBIA- fear of cooking?!?!?
Androphobia- fear of men
Anthrophobia- fear of flowers
Atychiphobia- fear of failure
Bibliophobia- fear of books
Cyberphobia- fear of computers
Dentophobia- fear of dentists
Gamophobia- Fear of marriage
Gynophobia- fear of women
Hydrophobia- fear of water
Obesophobia- fear of gaining weight
Pedophobia- fear of children
Venustraphobia- fear of beautiful women
Philophobia- fear of love

TREATMENT suggested:
1. Flooding- create extended exposure to the fear
2. Systematic Desensitization (progressive exposure)
3. Virtual reality
4. Behavioral Therapies
5. Cognitive Therapies
Do I have to stay in the feared situation for a long time until I recognize that none of the consequences that were feared actually occurred. Or use the progressive approach by starting with coping skills like realization, breathing, meditation and slowly expose myself to it or the situation?
No wonder many people instantly recognize Nike's motto- NO FEAR. People are fearful and the NO FEAR philosophy helps them believe that there is nothing to be fearful of.
I have to admit that although I appear to be strong and unfearful, I do have my fears. I just have to pray and ask God to give me the strength and courage to press on! :)
"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6


Cherry Pie, Carrot Cake, Strawberry Napoleon, Banana Cake...

Yes, I can go on and on.... Food is integral in my life and I deal with it day and night...almost 24/7! It's interesting how my parents "decided" my future when they named me Cherry. Although I never wanted to be in the food industry until I came to the USA.

Cherry Picking! @ Cherry Valley, CA.
I made cherry pies with the cherries picked. H. said, "Cherry went cherry picking at Cherry Valley and she was picky about the cherries she picked..."
Recipe for a basic cherry pie filling...
2 pounds sour cherries, pitted
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
In a saucepan, combine cherries, sugar and cornstarch. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the juices thicken and become translucent. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and almond extract. Mix thoroughly.

:::Nutrition Tibit::: Cherries are a treasure trove of benefits!
These summer jewels can help quell pain and inflammation. Recent research indicates that including them regularly in your diet can help you as it contains lots of antioxidants. Counteracting free radical damage from inflammation translates into more energy and less of the oxidative stress that may contribute to aging and disease. These ruby-red orbs help relieve the pain of arthritis, gout, and post exercise muscle soreness, but the benefits don't stop. Recent animal studies have shown that tart cherries also offer the beneficial effect of lowering insulin and fasting glucose levels, key precursors in the development of type 2 diabetes.

Today Chef K made Strawberry Napoleon..looks yummy right! :D
Layers of phyllo sheets between custard, fresh cream and strawberries...

We tried something new and fun at BMC today- selling freshly baked breads!
Homemade banana bread, apple bread and cranberry oat bar!!!

They were all sold out during lunch and we had to disappoint some customers.

Next time we'll have cobblers, as requested by doctors.
Special Congratulatory cake order for the Medical Records department at LLUMC...

Freshly baked carrot cake covered with whipped cream cheese. Edible flowers and leaves are made with cream cheese too.

I am so thankful to God for so many things- including Chef K! She has made a difference in the Nutritional Services department at LLUBMC with her innovative spirit and cooperative teamwork. May God continue to bless each of us in a special way everyday! :)


ALL made with real FOOD

Pretty amazing! These pictures are entirely made of food! So many things to do with food, other than eat it! Click on the picture to get a closer look...


Brunch Berry Tart

*edit: Check out this other strawberry tart

This is an absolutely delicious berry tart! :)

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 package (8oz) cream cheese softened
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar

1- 3/4 cups frozen mixed berries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
2 cup blackberries
2 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blueberries

In a bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Press into an unoiled 12-in pizza pan. Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes or until crust is set and edges are lightly browned.
Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, egg and sugar until smooth. Spread over crust. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until set. Cool to room temperature

For topping, process mixed berries and sugar in a beater or food processor until blended. In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and eater until smooth. Add mixed berry mixture. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Set saucepan in ice water for 15 minutes, stirring several times.
Spread berry mixture over the cream cheese layer. Arrange fresh fruit on top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing.
yield 10-12 servings.

The other day, it was a patient's birthday and we suddenly ran out of mini cakes. Guess what creative K did within that short time? ~ Cooking a chocolate cake in coffee filter paper in a metal pan! And using a plastic lid to make a chocolate base for the words, "happy birthday".

~Topped with chocolate cream, fresh bananas, caramel fudge and health candy bits. :)
Life is like that. When it gives you chocolate flour, make a chocolate banana caramel cake. God bless :)
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